1988-1989

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Won 38, Lost 44 (fourth, Midwest)...was Dallas' first losing season and the first season not to make the playoffs since going 38-44 in 1982-1983...the Mavericks won their final three games and four of their last five but were eliminated from the playoffs on the last night of the season when Portland won at home 126-120 in overtime against Sacramento...that Portland-Sacramento game was the final installment of the NBA's 1,025-game regular season schedule...Dallas dressed a full complement of 12 players in just 23 of 82 games and only three times in the final 36 games (the period after the February 15, Mark Aguirre/Adrian Dantley trade)...the club lost 141 player-games to injury/illness - that's 104 more than 1987-1988's total of 37 missed player-games...the regular line-up of Dantley, Perkins, Donaldson, Harper and Blackman started just two games...attendance averaged 16,953, the fourth-straight season of 99 percent-plus capacity...Dallas finished fourth in NBA defense, it's best defensive ranking ever, allowing a club record-low 104.7 ppg...Dallas also set season club records for lowest defensive shooting percentage (.469, sixth best in the NBA), most games holding the opponent under 10 points (29) and blocked shots (476)...the Mavericks started the season 9-3 (the best start in club history) and owned the best recored in the Western Conference when they stood 17-9 on December 19 (the latest point in any season for the Mavericks ever to have the best record in the conference)...overall Dallas was, 17-32 during Roy Tarpley's suspension, 26-37 in all games without Tarpley, 13-23 after the Aguirre/Dantley trade, 7-17 after Donaldson's knee injury (counting the Houston game where he was injured) and 9-21 in all games without Donaldson...the lineup of Aguirre, Perkins, Donaldson, Harper and Blackman started 41 games (the most of any unit), including the opener...Dantley, Tarpley, Perkins, Harper and Blackman started the finale.



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